5 years of UDAN Scheme:

  • Recently UDAN (UdeDeshkaAamNagrik), a Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation has completed 5 years of success since the launch of its first flight by the Prime Minister on 27th April 2017.
    • Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) was launched as a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2016.
    • It was formulated based on the review of The National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)- 2016 and it was planned to remain in force for a period of 10 years.
    • Under this Scheme, Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) was created, which funds the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) requirements of the scheme through a levy on certain domestic flights.
    • VGF means a grant one-time or deferred, provided to support infrastructure projects that are economically justified but fall short of financial viability.


  1. To develop the regional aviation market.
  2. To provide affordable, economically viable and profitable air travel on regional routes to the common man even in small towns.

Key Points:

  • The scheme envisages providing connectivity to unserved and underserved airports of the country through the revival of existing air-strips and airports.
    • Under-served airports are those which do not have more than one flight a day, while unserved airports are those where there are no operations.
    • Financial incentives from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and under-served airports, and keep airfares affordable.

Achievements So Far:

  • There were 74 operational airports in 2014 which has increased to 141 by now.
  • 68 underserved/unserved destinations which include 58 Airports, 8 Heliports & 2 Water Aerodromes have been connected under UDAN scheme.
    • With 425 new routes initiated, UDAN has provided air connectivity to more than 29 States/ UTs across the country.
    • More than one crore passengers have availed the benefits of this scheme as on 4th August 2022.

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